Thursday, May 9, 2013

Soft Pretzel Bites with Queso Dip

 Kidlet's Pretzel Bites lunch has pretzel bites, queso sauce, and Quorn Chik'n nuggets on a skewer. On the side he has carrots with dip, strawberries, and a checkered apple.


We love pretzels in all forms. I have made pretzels bites many times but this time I wanted to try and see if my FunBites cutter would make them easier. This has been on my to-do list for months! But finally I got it done! My buddy Jeana over at Tiny Princess LunchBox made some recently too!! Great minds think alike!


They turned out so well! And I decided to pair them with a delicious Queso sauce! Not too spicy but full of flavor.

Soft Pretzel Bites:
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 
  • 4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
  • Coarse sea salt

Directions:

1.) In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine water, sugar, yeast, and butter. Mix until combined and let sit for 5 minutes.
2.) Add salt and 4 1/2 cups of flour. Mix with a dough hook or paddle attachment until combined. Add more flour as necessary to achieve a dough that pulls away from the bowl. Once this happens turn the speed up and knead the dough for a few minutes.
3.) Spray your bowl with a bit of cooking spray or brush it with oil, add the dough, cover with a cloth, and let rise until it has doubled in size. This takes approximately an hour.
4.) Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F. Put a large pot of water on the stove until boiling. Add the baking soda.
5.) While you're waiting for your water to boil, flour a cutting board and roll out the dough to 1/2 inch thickness. You can cut bites from the dough with a knife or make nice neat pieces by using your FunBites Squares cutter.
6.) Put the bites in to the boiling water about 20 at a time until they float to the top. Then place them on a greased or parchment papered baking sheet. Lightly salt the tops.
7.) Bake for 6-10 minutes until nicely browned on top.



 Queso Dip
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 lb block White American Cheese cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup diced green chiles
  • 2 pickled jalapenos 
  • 1 ounce pickled jalapeno juice
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup cold water
 Directions:

1.) Put the cheese cubes in a microwave safe dish.
2.) Chop the green chiles, jalapenos, and jalapeno juice in a blender or food processor until they are very small pieces. This keeps you from getting a giant mouth full of heat!
3.) Add the chile and jalapeno mixture to the cheese. Pour in the water and milk.
4.) Microwave on high for 7 minutes, stirring after each minute.
5.) Enjoy the deliciousness!



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12 comments:

  1. Yummo!! I cannot wait to try these with your dip!!! It sounds heavenly!!!

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  2. Darnit, you may have actually talked me into one of these cutter things.

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  3. Neat!! I would absolutely try this one too. My girl loves pretzel.

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  4. with all the choices on how to share this, why isn't there a pinterest button? Would love to add this to my lunch ideas board.

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  5. Holy Shnikies I am making this Jenn thanks for including the recipe! Great idea to use the cutter! Love this

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  6. Thanks for sharing and looks delicious!!

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  7. So much yumminess in this post, Jenn!!

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  8. Looks so yummy, I must try your recipe!

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  9. My son just tried queso dip and loved it. We will be trying this in his lunch!

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